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Selecting and storing fresh citrus

When he's not busy writing cook books or hosting his own show, Good Food America, Chef Nathan Lyon can often be found shopping for fresh fruits and vegetables at the Hollywood Farmer's Market in Los Angeles.

"Lemons, limes, oranges and even a beautiful, big palmetto," says Nathan. "It's all citrus and it's all totally fresh and flavorful. But how do you pick out the best stuff?"

It should be heavy for its size, regardless of what citrus you're picking out. That equates to the amount of juice on the inside. 

As a chef, Nathan likes to use the zest, which is on the outside, so therefore, "I always get organic citrus. Lots of flavor and the oils are on the outside."

You don't want the chemicals in your food; you just want all that flavor.

How do you store citrus? 

"Think of an orange as a small glass of orange juice, you don't store a glass of orange juice on the counter, correct? You store it in the refrigerator. So all excess citrus you're not using that day, store it in the crisper drawer of your fridge for up to three weeks," says Nathan.

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